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Orbit Photon - my new steel-framed road bike

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Orbit Photon (Columbus steel)

Campag Mirage levers, unknown bars/stem

4ZA Fenix Carbon Fork, campag hiddenset

Campagnolo Proton, Campag Veloce brake

Campagnolo Proton, Shimano R600 brake

Campagnolo Mirage

generic alloy seatpost, Koobi Xenon saddle

Look A5.1 pedals

Front mech is Mirage, rear is now Centaur

Thought I'd get some photos before I uglify it with a rack and ride it overnight through the inevitable rain to Dunwich. Last year I did the Dynamo on a Dahon Helios SL and it really, really hurt.

Tyres are Vittoria Rubino Pro Tech, which were an absolute bastard to get onto the wheels. Orbit have now gone out of business - this is one of their last frames which are being sold off cheaply at The bike is wonderfully comfortable and much, much better at being a bike than I am at being a cyclist.

People who friended this bike sambaus, serialcee, Chainwheel, velocepedestrian, checkthree, campystamp

Sounds like you got

a great deal. That's a no nonsense bike.

Subdued elegance

This is a delightful looking bike. Elegant, subdued yet has the look of a refined jewel.




Thank you! I'd hardly call it a jewel, but I love it a lot. I'm going on the framebuilding course at this April, so look out for something that should be considerably more jewel-like, provided I don't mess up :-)

Just returned from Dunwich

(120-mile overnight ride accompanied this year by torrential rain). Bike did me proud - I can still feel my hands and my arse seems pretty much undamaged. The back tyre got a largish tear in it though (despite being brand new) which held me up a lot, so not hugely impressed there.

I like that...

"The bike is much better at being a bike than I am at being a cyclist."

Can I use that?

By all means, do. I think it

By all means, do. I think it goes for a lot of bike/rider pairings.

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